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Al­most one-half of the to­tal con­tent of most nuts (al­monds, cashew nuts, hazel­nuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pe­can nuts and pis­ta­chio nuts) is mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats – one of the health­i­est fat va­ri­eties

Nuts are a rich source of vi­ta­min E, es­pe­cially al­monds and hazel­nuts

The three most pop­u­lar tree nuts in New Zealand are al­monds, cashews and wal­nuts

Nut con­sumers tend to be leaner or less obese than those who don’t regularly con­sume nuts

Raw nuts are best with the skin on as most of an­tiox­i­dants and phy­to­chem­i­cals are lo­cated on the outer soft shell

Nuts are a great source of fi­bre, par­tic­u­larly with the skins left on

Nuts are one of the few plant sources of omega-3 and as a plant food, they are nat­u­rally free of di­etary choles­terol

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